Bristol, UK - With MIPCOM Junior just around the corner, Aardman are delighted to announce a host of international TV distribution sales for Sunrise Productions’ pre-school show Munki and Trunk.
The stunning non-dialogue CG animated series Munki and Trunk (52 x 7’), which is currently in production, has been licensed to 75 territories, with an all rights deal with Moores in China alongside significant deals with Amazon India and MBC3 across the Middle East.
Other key broadcasters taking the series include SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, ANTV in Indonesia, RSI in Switzerland, Hop! In Israel and LTV in Latvia who are all planning to launch in 2017 and 2018.
Commenting on the licenses, Alison Taylor, Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Aardman said: > “We are delighted to have had such a positive response to Munki and Trunk in such a short time. It’s heart-warming to know that this charming series will be seen by such a wide audience, and we will look to finalise further licenses following a successful MIPCOM Junior, where potential partners will be able to view the show at the screenings.”
Phil Cunningham Founder at Sunrise Productions added: “Aardman have done such a fantastic job distributing Munki and Trunk and we’re excited it will finally be on screens around the world. The talent we have in Cape Town is outstanding and reflected in the production values of the show.”
Munki and Trunk is a tree-crashing, rock-smashing, water-splashing, fruit-mashing, knock-about comedy adventure for kids aged 4 - 7 years. Munki is a vine-swinging force of nature, hungry for bananas and adventure. Trunk is a big-hearted elephant who loves to nurture and play. These unlikely best friends explore their world together, facing fears and helping friends along the way. It’s the most fun you can have in the jungle!
The studio are looking forward to presenting their portfolio of top children’s brands to new and existing partners at MIPCOM this week - come and visit the team at stand P-1 B.7.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions. www.aardman.com
About Aardman Rights & Brand Development
Aardman Rights and Brand Development is renowned for developing and building enduring character brands across all media. They specialise in marketing and realising the commercial potential of their properties in a way that celebrates and respects their intrinsic creative values. Classic brands in the portfolio include Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph, while Aardman Rights has recently acquired third party representation for a number of top Children’s brands.
About Sunrise Productions
Sunrise is a production company with a full service animation studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. Launched in 1998, Sunrise made an impact on the world of media with the release of the first ever feature length stop motion animation to come out of Africa: The Legend of the Sky Kingdom. Sunrise has a passion for quality storytelling, and a conviction that film is the world’s favourite media for stories. Their mission is to inspire, entertain, challenge and enchant audiences worldwide, providing the finest in family entertainment. Their flagship animation series is Jungle Beat, the multi-award winning series of animated short films that have been broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide. Sunrise has also pioneered an entrepreneurial 3D animated character branding and marketing model for high profile sports brands, and partners include England Rugby’s Football Union, The South African Rugby Union, Sharks Rugby, Cricket South Africa, the Welsh Rugby Rugby Union and Juventus Football Club. Sunrise have been in production on Munki and Trunk since 2015. www.sunriseproductions.tv